Just called Comcast to help a kid out on her first apartment outside the dorms at college, and I haven't kept up on Internet (I'm on WISP).
Here's what Comcast told me over the phone: A. $50/month Brand: "Performance Plus Saver Double Play" Price: $49.99/month (plus tax, plus any rentals, plus any installation) Contract: 2 years Speed: 55Mbps down, 5Mbps up, no bandwidth caps VOIP: Unlimited nationwide calling (requires Docsys 3.0 EMTA modem). TV: no
B. $60/month Brand: "Internet Plus Choice" Price: $59.99/month Contract: 1 year Speed: 55Mbps down, 5Mbps up, no bandwidth caps VOIP: no TV: no (Yes, I know it's more money for less ... that's marketing.)
C. $90/month Brand: "X1 Starter Doubleplay" Price: $89.99/month Contract: 1 year Speed: 100Mbps down, 5Mbps up, no bandwidth caps VOIP: no TV: 140 digital channels
D. $110/month Brand: "Xfinity Voice Unlimited" Price: $109.99/month Contract: 1 year Speed: 100Mbps down, 5Mbps up, no bandwidth caps VOIP: Unlimited nationwide calling (requires Docsys 3.0 EMTA modem). TV: 140 digital channels
The kid probably only needs "B" but "A" is cheaper (that's marketing), at least for the first two years (which will be long enough as she's a junior) so now that leaves the EMTA "thing" up in the air.
I shipped her a two-year old Costco Arris SB6141 modem, which is Docsys 3.0, along with a 2-year old Netgear AC1700 router (which is fast enough), but I didn't have anything called EMTA in my spare box.
What do you recommend for this EMTA capability? Is it just a modem with an RJ11 port for a regular phone line?
PS: We'll go for the "self install" kit, which will probably cost $15 or $20 (or less) just to have them flash the modem - which will save the $10 per month modem rental - and where if we need to, we'll buy a new modem that is EMTA capable but the kid doesn't even want VOIP as she lives on a cell phone.
PSS: I haven't pressure-washed the pots yet (have to hide them from the wife for a while until I clean them up. I told her they are still soaking.)